So you have all of these tools now you need a place to put them in your work space is one of the most important things that you can set up in order to help you make your drawings, your work to clear your head, you need to make a space for making essentially and I tell my students those that, you know, maybe live with eight different people in a house like even if you find a small corner of a room, a closet, something make that your space where you think about drawing you think about making you think about writing it's so important tohave a designated space to make this happen, that's not to say that you can't draw in the park that you can't draw in the coffee shop that you can't draw on location. It's just nice to have a home base where all of your tools and materials live, and I'm going to talk a little bit about my space set up here because it's pretty compact, but I've got a lot of things going on here, this table it was actually really important to me tohave just a table for drying...
and this table is actually my grandmother's drawing table. She was an illustrator from the time she was nineteen until she was seventy five. And when she passed away, I got her drawing table, and that was a few years ago, and that was actually the first time that I consciously made the decision to take the computer off the desk and just have a space for drying, and I'm so happy that I did, because when I sit at this table, I'm not distracted by email. I'm not distracted by by the internet. I am purely focused on what the task is at hand, and that is drawing again. It's it's important for me to come part compartmentalized into focus on the task at hand. So this is my drawing space and then it's also really important for me, tio kind of have quasi organized the tools at hand. I always say that my, my, my decoration style is controlled chaos, organized chaos, everything has its place there's a lot of it, but I know where everything's at, and so I've got my my colored pencils and one cup, I've got my color markers in another cop, and then I've organized my pen tips and three different cops, too, because at one point I had everything kind of been one big bucket, and that was just kind of frustrating and it's just it's so much easier to see everything out in front of you. And then I also have these other kind of buckets up here that are less organized but it's also nice to be able just to throw things up there and this whole bucket system is actually really easy to create yourself. I just have these little metal rails, which are a couple dollars, and the buckets are about a dollar too, and I got these at a kia, and if you don't have a nicaea in your like hometown, you can also order that stuff online as well on dh then I have kind of compartments like I always have, like active files right next to me just so I could see them and then I used tape quite a bit, and so I have a little bit of a washy tape addiction and just like colorful masking tape addiction because this will work in my sketchbooks and then it's also like when I'm working on tracing paper to you like I used that teo tape down paper because, yeah, washi tape is great for decorative things, but washington also doesn't tear paper, which I really, really like regular scotch tape, it tears and this doesn't tear paper and it looks cool, so that is that's bonus bonus points for for this space okay, so once you get your workspace set up, don't forget to get yourself a good chair or set it up so you're standing, you just want to be able to be active and comfortable because you don't want to mess up your back or you just wanted to be active, be active, and that leads me tio over here, which is where I do all my computer work when I'm actually standing, because I see sit down at my desk for a really long time drawing and then I come over here and this is where I do email or this is where I scan and all the work, and this is where all the digital stuff happens, and so this is more of my active space, and then this is more of my, like, focus at rest space, because I'm actually not someone who can draw while they're standing, but I can email and I can click a mouse and I can type away while I'm standing and that that makes me at least feel better about having kind of a still profession. But yes, so this is again, this is just a good kind of like situation, you know, but you, you might not even need to involve a computer in anyway, I just kind of want to show you what my space looks like in order for you to get excited about making your own space to make stuff.
Kate Bingaman-Burt makes work about the things we buy and the feelings we feel. The building blocks of her work include: bright colors, hand lettering, inventories of illustrated objects, and input and interaction from the communities of awesome people who contribute to her crowd-sourced projects. Her dual roles as commercial illustrator, full-time educator, and project-based artist overlap inform an intricate creative practice. She is the Associate Director of the School of Art+Design at Portland State University and an Associate Professor of Graphic Design. Her role as both leader and collaborator with her students is an integral part of her creative practice.
Love, love, love Kate Bingaman-Burt's art and innovative ideas, and this class was just great. It's very brief--you can watch all the videos in one morning--but the effects last for a long time. This course totally revitalized my illustrations. I was stuck in a sort of "cute" mode until taking this course. Then I started using different materials, approaching my illustrations in a different way, and doing exactly what Kate says: drawing the everyday, every day. This hit the refresh button on my style, as well as my desire to draw. My only request would be a little more step-by-step on how to get the background completely white in PhotoShop; Kate demonstrates, but it's a little too quick for me to catch the process. Maybe Kate or someone could give a step-by-step followup here? Otherwise, if you need fresh inspiration, a kickstart for a drawing habit, or just a good pep talk, this is a great course! it's as valuable for inspiration as for instruction.
As an experienced artist, I really enjoyed this class a lot! I found a lot to be inspired by and appreciated Kate's easy, conversational way of presenting the material. I loved seeing her process, her workspace, and favorite materials. I loved hearing about what inspires her. Sure, this was maybe less a "how-to" kind of course, but there is certainly a LOT to take away from this hour and a half or so. I watched course live, so didn't pay for it, but I would recommend this as a good, small investment in your creative toolkit. (I would have just bought it myself except that I just lost my job and trying to save every penny I can!)
I'm writing this review not immediately after watching the class, but a year after doing so -- and the impact on my life has been tremendous. Upon taking the course, I began drawing an everyday object every day, and have kept it up for a year, missing only a few days here and there. At some point, I expanded this to also sketching a great work of art every day as well (usually from an art book I got from the library, and sometimes on a trip to a museum). I don't spend a lot of time at this -- I just do it on breaks from work. The result has been my seeing a lots of things I would otherwise miss -- little details in every day things that I'd never otherwise notice. And that, in turn, has given me a greater appreciation of life, of the the visual world, as well as the amazing art works humanity has created.
Looking back, I particularly value this teacher's point that your drawing doesn't have to be perfect. For me, that's been hugely helpful. I haven't fretted or been stuck or given up -- I simply draw, and in doing so, ALWAYS notice and appreciate details of whatever I'm drawing, whether it's my coffee mug, or a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe.
PS: The drawing has impacted my editing of photos and doing any kind of visual work. I'm much more tuned in to details than I used to be. I may or may not draw better, but I definitely SEE more. And for me that's a wonderful and enriching thing. Cheers!